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The 2024 AIS National Convention, Convention Awards

This page will be completed after the convention awards are announced.

During a national convention attendees vote in a number of popularity polls. Voting Ballots for the President's Cup, the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup, the Ben Hager Cup, the Lloyd Zurbrigg-Clarence Mahan Award, and the Gerald Richardson Award are provided in the Convention Booklets. The ballots are turned in after the last garden tour, tabulated, and winners are announced at the convention Awards event. A ballot for the Fifteen Favorite Guest Irises, which is recognition and not an award, is also provided but is tabulated after the convention by the convention host and reported in the next AIS Bulletin.

Return to the 2024 Convention Page.

The American Iris Society hopes you enjoy scrolling through the Convention Awards galleries.
To provide you with additional information, each Iris is linked to its cultivar page in the Encyclopedia, just click on the caption or photo.


The President's Cup Winner and Runners Up

Best In-Region Iris

The President’s Cup is awarded annually during the American Iris Society’s national meeting. Eligibility is restricted to introduced iris that originated within the host region for that year’s national meeting or originated by a hybridizer whose garden is included on the meeting’s official convention tour, regardless of its location. Iris must have been seen growing and in bloom in the meeting’s official tour gardens but need not be official guest iris.
Each convention registrant may vote for one variety and The President’s Cup is awarded to the iris with the most votes. In case of a tie, there can be multiple winners.

[[][
'Cultivar Name', TB
Winner: XX Votes
Hybridizer Name
Cultivar Name]] [[][
'Cultivar Name', TB
1st Runner Up: XX Votes
Hybridizer Name
Cultivar Name]] [[][
'Cultivar Name', TB
2nd Runner Up: XX Votes
Hybridizer Name
Cultivar Name]]


The President's Cup
Don



The Franklin Cook Memorial Cup Winner and Runners Up

Best Out-Of-Region Iris

The Franklin Cook Memorial Cup is awarded annually during the American Iris Society’s national meeting. All introduced iris seen growing and in bloom in the official tour gardens of the meeting are eligible for the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup, except for iris that originated within the host region for that year’s national meeting or originated by a hybridizer whose garden is included on the official garden tour, regardless of its location. Iris considered for this award may or may not be official guest iris. For the convention ballots, introduced iris will include all iris properly registered and offered for sale prior to
or in the spring issue of IRISES, the Bulletin of the American Iris Society of the year of that national meeting.
Each convention registrant may vote for only one variety and the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup is awarded to the iris receiving the most votes. In case of a tie, there can be multiple winners.

[[][
'Xxxxxx Xxxxxx', AB(OGB-)
Winner: XX Votes
Xxxxx Xxxxxx
Xxxxx Xxxxx]] [[][
'Xxxxx Xxxxx', TB
1st Runner Up: XX Votes
Xxxxx Xxxxx
Xxxxx Xxxxx]] [[][
'Xxxxx Xxxxx', TB
2nd Runner Up: XX Votes
Xxxxxx Xxxxxx
Xxxxxx Xxxxx]]

The Franklin Cook Memorial Cup
Don



The Ben R. Hager Cup Winner and Runners Up

Best Median

The Ben R. Hager Cup is awarded annually during the American Iris Society’s national convention. Eligibility is restricted to introduced median iris (e.g. SDB, IB, BB, MTB) seen growing and in bloom in the meeting’s official tour gardens but need not be official guest iris.
Each convention registrant may vote for one variety, and the Ben R. Hager Cup is awarded to the iris with the most votes. In case of a tie, there can be multiple winners.

'Blushing Fairy', IB
Winner: XX Votes
Xxxxx Xxxxx
Blushing Fairy
[[][
'Xxxxx Xxxx', BB
1st Runner Up: XX Votes
Xxxx Xxxxx
Xxxxx Xxxxx]] [[][
'Xxxxx Xxxxx', MTB
2nd Runner Up: XX Votes
Xxxxx Xxxxx
Xxxxx Xxxxxx]]


The Ben R. Hager Cup
Ben R. Hager Cup



The Lloyd Zurbrigg-Clarence Mahan Cup Winner and Runners Up

Best Seedling

This cup is awarded to the seedling at the AIS’ national convention that receives the most votes by convention registrants. The seedling may be of any type and registered but not introduced. The Cup is presented by AIS Region 4 in honor of two of its distinguished members, Lloyd Zurbrigg, a noted hybridizer of reblooming iris and Clarence Mahan, a hybridizer and past president of AIS. The Zurbrigg-Mahan Cup was first awarded in 2014 at the AIS national Convention in Dallas, Texas. Notably different from other AIS awards, the recipient retains the award, a new engraved cup, which is donated each year.
Each convention registrant may vote for only one seedling and the Lloyd Zurbrigg-Clarence Mahan Cup is awarded to the iris receiving the most votes.

Xxxxxx, IB
Winner: XX Votes
Xxx Xxxxx
Seedling Xxxxxx
Xxxxxx, TB
1st Runner Up: XX Votes
Xxxxx Xxxxxx
Seedling Xxxxxxx
Xxxxxx, IB
2nd Runner Up: XX Votes
Xxxx Xxxxx
Seedling Xxxxxxx

The Lloyd Zurbrigg-Clarence Mahan Cup
Lloyd Zurbrigg-Clarence Mahan Cup



The Gerald Richardson Award Winner and Runner Up

Best Integrated Privately Maintained Planting

Gerald Richardson Award

The Gerald Richardson Award is awarded annually during the American Iris Society’s national meeting, for the best integrated privately maintained planting at an AIS convention garden as designated in the convention booklet. An integrated garden is defined as a garden bed composed of iris and companion plants that displays the iris to their best effect as a landscape plant. Each convention registrant may vote for one garden. The Richardson Award is given to the garden with the most votes. The first Richardson Award was given at the 2019 AIS Convention in San Ramon, CA.
Each convention registrant may vote for only one privately maintained planting and the Gerald Richardson Award is awarded to the planting receiving the most votes.



Winner: Xxxxx Garden, Xxxxxx, XX />

Xxxx Garden

Runner Up: Xxxx Garden, Xxxxxx, XX />

Xxxxx Garden



 

If you find errors in the information presented please contact the AIS Encyclopedia Manager at aisencyclopedia@irises.org

Doug Chyz February 2024
Topic revision: r1 - 28 Feb 2024, dougchyz
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